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04/29/2014 05:08 pm ET | Updated Apr 29, 2014

Former New Jersey Lawmaker: Chris Christie's Bridgegate Exposes The Modern 'American Hustle'

Former New Jersey Assemblyman Louis Manzo (D) discussed his recently released book "Ruthless Ambition: The Rise and Fall of Chris Christie" with HuffPost Live on Tuesday.

Manzo, who served in the assembly from 2004 to 2008, said the Bridgegate scandal is just the beginning of Gov. Chris Christie's downfall.

Manzo had a notable run-in with Christie in 2009, when he was indicted by Christie, than a U.S. attorney, on corruption charges. (The charges were dropped by a federal judge.)

"He's buried the truth for so long, as I quote Emile Zola in the beginning of the book, is that you can only do that for so long, and eventually the truth will unearth itself," Manzo said.

Therefore, Bridgegate is "the beginning of the unearthing of all the truths ... [and] eventually someone will see these documents for what they are and want to go into this exploration."

Manzo stressed that "this [book] is the 'American Hustle' of our day -- immense, you know, corruption on the part of a government trying to facilitate a political campaign."

Watch a clip of the interview above.

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